Why students should be using technology in their education can be a complex issue, and there are many small points to be made in this article about the value of learning, understanding and using technology. It can be compared to science in general. Science is responsible for almost all of our advances around the world. It is difficult to think of any current tools, information and discoveries that are not the direct result of science. From the paint used in any art or commercial product to the increasing understanding of the origins of the cosmos and ourselves; science is at the root of it all. Similarly, technology is becoming the foundation upon which nearly everything is
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a young, research-intensive university in Singapore. It is one of the largest public universities in Singapore.
NTU was inaugurated in 1991, originally as an English-medium technical and teaching college occupying the grounds of the former “Nanyang University”, a Chinese-medium university which had been consolidated into the “National University of Singapore (NUS)” in 1980. Over the years, NTU has grown to become a full-fledged research university, and currently provides a high-quality global education to close to 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international Olympiad medalists from the region and beyond. Hailing from more than 70 countries, the university’s 4000-strong teaching and research staff also bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.
Recent statistics show that it has (1,700) academic staff; (2,800) administrative staff; (23,500) undergraduates; and (10,000) postgraduates.
In recent years, various college and university rankings have placed NTU amongst the top universities in Asia and beyond. In the 2014 “QS World University Rankings”, NTU is ranked 39th globally (6th in Asia), and is placed 1st in the world among young universities according to the 2014 QS Top 50 Under 50. NTU’s “College of Engineering” is also ranked 9th in the world according to the latest 2014 QS World University Rankings by Faculty. In the 2014 “Times Higher Education World University Rankings”, NTU is ranked at 61st globally (10th in Asia). NTU’s business school, “Nanyang Business School”, was rated 64th in the world (4th in Asia, 1st in Singapore) by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2013.
Campuses of NTU
NTU’s primary campus is the 200-hectare named “Yunnan Garden Campus” which is situated adjacent to the Jurong West district of Singapore. It is the largest university campus on the island of Singapore and also houses Singapore’s largest on-campus residence infrastructure including 18 halls of residence for undergraduates and two graduate halls.
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Singapore’s first eco-business park, “CleanTech Park”, is situated next to NTU’s main campus. It is proposed to be developed in three phases with an estimated completion year of 2030. The park’s first multi-tenanted building, “CleanTech One”, was opened in October 2010.
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Apart from the Yunnan campus, NTU also operates a satellite campus at the one-north business park. It comprises two wings with respective educational and alumni clubhouse facilities primarily allowing the university to enhance its delivery of continuing education programmes as well as for external collaborations.
A third campus, Novena Campus, is situated close to “LKC Medicine” (Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine) partner teaching hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital in downtown Novena.
The new 20-storey Clinical Sciences Building (CSB) is expected to be completed in 2016, and is expected to facilitate the LKC medicine students’ seamless integration into clinical settings by providing state-of-the-art future classrooms, including a learning studio, alcove clusters, clinical skills and communication centre, which boasts its own four-bed mock ward as well as several consultation rooms, so that students can practice their skills in a realistic and safe environment. The CSB will also be home to LKC Medicine researchers, with the laboratories interconnected through collaborative spaces.
Colleges, Schools and Institutes
NTU is organized into several colleges and schools, each corresponding to different fields of study. The various engineering schools, which were consolidated to form the College of Engineering in 2001, together with Nanyang Business School, the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and the National Institute of Education have been part of NTU from its inception. More recently, NTU has established additional schools for the Biological Sciences (2001), Humanities and Social Sciences (2004), Physical & Mathematical Sciences (2005), and Art, Design and Media (2009). In 2013, NTU and Imperial College London jointly established a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is based in the Novena campus.
Nanyang Business School (College of Business)
Nanyang Business School (NBS) is consistently ranked as the top business school in Singapore. NBS currently has more than 3,000 undergraduates and over 470 postgraduates from Singapore and around the world and offers undergraduate degrees in Accountancy and Business, as well as one of the world’s top MBA programmes and other post-graduate degrees. It is the only business school in Singapore and one of only three in Asia to be awarded both the EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditations – international hallmarks of quality.
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences consists of three schools.
• The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information is a school of communication studies and offers courses in Journalism, Broadcast, Advertising, Communication Policy and Information Studies. It originally established in 1992 and it was named after Singapore’s former president Wee Kim Wee in 1995.
• The School of Art, Design and Media is Singapore’s first professional art school and offers an undergraduate programme in Art, Design, and Media, as well as graduate degrees in arts research. Its building, which features a sloping grassy roof surrounding a central courtyard, is frequently featured in NTU’s promotional materials.
• The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers programmes in a wide variety of fields including Chinese, Economics, English Literature, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Policy and
College of Engineering
The College of Engineering is NTU’s largest subdivision. It is claimed to be the world’s largest engineering college, with a student population of more than 10,000 undergraduates and 3,500 graduates. It consists of six schools focused on technology and innovation.
• School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
• School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
• School of Computer Engineering
• School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• School of Materials Science and Engineering
• School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
College of Science
The College of Science in NTU is a young and dynamic institution that has grown phenomenally in its relatively short history. Today, the college consists of two schools and is home to about 150 faculty members (more than 15 of which are Singapore National Research Foundation Fellows), 340 research staff, and 110 administrative and technical staff, 3700 undergraduate and 540 graduate students.
• The School of Biological Sciences was established in 2002 and offers a variety of programmes in the Biological Sciences and also a unique and innovative “East meets West” double degree programme in Biomedical Sciences and Traditional Chinese Medicine with the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in China.
• The School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences was established in 2005 and offers various disciplines in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, as well as Earth Sciences in collaboration with the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine was established in 2013 in collaboration with Imperial College London. Prior to its opening in 2013, the school received record donations of Singapore $400 million, including Singapore $150 million from the Lee Foundation. The School’s primary clinical partner is the National Healthcare Group, a leader in public healthcare recognized for the quality of its medical expertise, facilities and teaching.
Interdisciplinary Graduate School
“The Interdisciplinary Graduate School (IGS)” focuses on the key research areas within NTU’s Peaks of Excellence in Sustainable Earth, New Media and Future Healthcare. The research project in these areas have span across different disciplines beyond the conventional school-based programmes. IGS leverages on professors from all the schools and colleges in NTU to undertake interdisciplinary research and to act as advisors for IGS PhD students. With this approach, IGS aims to train a new generation of PhD students, who are exposed to an intensive seminar culture with ample interaction opportunities.
NTU hosts a number of autonomous research and educational institutes.
• The National Institute of Education (NIE), occupying 16 hectares in the western part of NTU’s Yunnan Garden campus, is Singapore’s main teaching college and is run in close collaboration with Singapore’s Ministry of Education. Full-time teachers in Singapore’s public schools are typically required to complete a post-graduate diploma course at NIE, sponsored by Singapore’s Ministry of Education. NIE is also internationally acclaimed and provides educational consultancy to countries from Indonesia to UAE.
• The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), named after Singapore’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, offers graduate programmes in international relations and is an autonomous graduate institution of NTU. The school has the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies—long recognized as a world authority on strategic studies and terrorism. RSIS was ranked second among university-affiliated think tanks in Asia in the 2011 Global Go-To Think Tank Rankings.
• The Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE), funded by National Research Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore.
• The Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) is an autonomous research institute specializing in Earth Sciences and conducts fundamental research on earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis & climate change in and around Southeast Asia, towards safer and more sustainable societies.
Institutes and Centers
NTU has a large number of subsidiary research and educational institutes, including the following:
• Chinese Heritage Centre
• Confucius Institute
• Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management
• Energy Research Institute at NTU
• Institute of Advanced Studies
• Institute for Media Innovation
• Institute for Sports Research
• Institute on Asian Consumer Insight
• Lien Chinese Enterprise Research Centre
• Nanyang Centre for Public Administration
• Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute
• Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health and Medicine
• Nanyang Techno-premiership Center
• SAF-NTU Academy
• Singapore Centre for Chinese Language
• Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
• Institute for Media Innovation
NTU has a total undergraduate population of around 23,500. Approximately 80% of undergraduates are Singaporean citizens and permanent residents. The remaining 20% of international students are mostly from the ASEAN nations, China, and India.
Undergraduate tuition is heavy subsidized by the Government of Singapore. Singaporean citizens pay around 27 percent of the base tuition cost. A reduced subsidy is optionally available to Singaporean permanent residents and international students, but with a stipulation: the recipients are contractually required to work for a Singapore-based company for three years after graduation.
NTU has approximately 10,000 graduate students pursuing Master’s degrees, doctorates, and other post-graduate degrees. The graduate student population is largely international.
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Currently, NTU is ranked 39th globally (6th in Asia) by the 2014 QS World University Rankings, placing it in the top 1% of universities globally. The 2014 QS Asian University Rankings which uses a different set of performance criteria places NTU 7th in Asia. NTU is also ranked 1st in the world among young elite universities according to the 2014 QS Top 50 Under 50. In 2011, NTU became the first university in Asia to receive the maximum five stars under the QS Stars evaluation system. Other international universities with a five-star rating include the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 2014, NTU’s “Engineering and Technology” is ranked by QS World University Rankings as 9th in the world (2nd in Asia). It is the 5th most cited in the world while its research output is ranked among the top three universities globally in Engineering by Essential Science Indicators of Thomson Reuters.
NTU’s “Nanyang Business School’s” MBA is ranked 32nd in the world (and 6th in Asia) by the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2013 and 64th globally (4th in Asia) by The Economist Intelligence Unit Full-time MBA Rankings 2013.
The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies is ranked second among university-affiliated think-tanks in Asia and 22nd globally.
NTU has many multi-national programmes and initiatives with institutions worldwide. Some examples of key partners include MIT, Stanford University, Cornell University, Caltech, University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University; world-class universities in Asia such as Beijing University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Waseda, IIT of India; European universities like Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Karolinska Institutet, University of Mannheim, Heidelberg University and Technische Universität München; and Israeli Universities like Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
NTU is also the first Kauffman Campus outside the United States, spearheading entrepreneurship in Asia.
Internet learning on campus
The University is connected to the high speed Internet. All the facilities and resources available over the Internet are accessible by anyone on the campus network. The campus network, which links together all computing systems on the campus, is managed by the University’s Centre for IT Services (CITS).
Degrees awarded by NTU
• Bachelor of Accountancy
• Bachelor of Business
• Bachelor of Fine Arts
• Bachelor of Science
• Bachelor of Engineering
• Bachelor of Arts (Honors)
• Bachelor of Communication Studies
• Master of Business
• Master of Business Administration
• Master of Science
• Master of Arts
• Master of Education
• Master in Educational Administration
• Master of Engineering
• Master of Public Administration
• Master of Applied Science
• Master of Communication Studies
• Master of Mass Communication
• Master of Management in Hospitality
• Doctor of Philosophy
• Doctor in Education
• B. Sc in Maritime Studies
• B. Sc in Maritime Studies with Business Major
• M. Sc in Maritime Studies
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According to the president of Nanyang Technological University, the potential for Western universities to forge links with Singapore is growing, but they should not take a “normative approach” on freedom of expression in the city state.
NTU, which has recently seen a dramatic rise in its global rankings positions and citation impact scores, has opened a medical school in Singapore in a joint venture with Imperial College London. The partnership “may be one of the most spectacular academic joint ventures in today’s world,” according to Andersson, a Swede who is a member of the board of trustees of the Nobel Foundation.
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By Sayar Mya